Microsoft announces new MSN mobile homepage

Paul Thurott, over at the SuperSite for Windows, has made a blog post about Microsoft's MSN mobile homepage. Referencing the official MSN Blog, he detailed the changes that Microsoft has implemented in the redesign of their mobile site.

According to Microsoft, the new site, which can be found at mobile.msn.com, involves "some big changes." From the new homepage you can now access media in a way that was never possible with the old site. Here are some of the new things you will notice:

  • New tabbed content with sections for news, sports, and entertainment
  • One-click access to Bing, Windows Live Hotmail, and Messenger
  • A new breaking news module that will show time-sensitive news
  • Bing auto-suggest drop down list
  • Ability to personalize stock quotes, weather, dating content, and more
  • Inline video content

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the new and old homepage, as well as some examples of how it looks on the iPhone. You can clearly see the difference. Microsoft's new MSN mobile layout aims to take away the look and feel of being restricted to mobile content, and in the process, present a more elegant and easy to use format, more consistent with Web 2.0 standards.

New vs Old MSN Mobile

On the iPhone:

MSN Mobile - iPhone      MSN Mobile - iPhone 2

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Well I sure can't figure out how to customize it, and customize it I need to--who still reads horoscopes? Maybe I've officially become an old man.

Hm... Maybe it's me, but I don't really see much of an improvement... I'll have to play around with it and see I guess. Maybe I'll appreciate it more then.

I don't see the new site, but I hope they also update the hotmail page. It looks like crap, circa 2003.

dimithrak said,
Microsofts own website looks better on someone else's device.. what a shame!

What do you expect? Mobile versions of IE are never up to much.

Epic0range said,

Mobile /= iPhone
Mobile == mobile browser

If you read thea article and look at the pics, the iPhone version of the site looks much more refined and graphical......

neufuse said,

If you read thea article and look at the pics, the iPhone version of the site looks much more refined and graphical......

They're the EXACT same except for the size of the buttons. Take off your iDevice Shiny Vision for a moment and look carefully.

neufuse said,

If you read thea article and look at the pics, the iPhone version of the site looks much more refined and graphical......

You need to know how browsers work.

neufuse said,

If you read thea article and look at the pics, the iPhone version of the site looks much more refined and graphical......

It's called the diffrence between Tahoma/Verdana vs Helvetica Neue.